Salem State University

352 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 1970

School Details

Salem State University is a four-year, public institution located in Salem, Massachusetts that was founded in 1854 as Salem Normal School.


Today, Salem has a total enrollment of close to 9,566 undergraduate and graduate students that represent 33 states and 51 foreign countries. There are 7,741 total undergraduate students and 1,402 graduate and professional students. There are also 540 non-degree seeking students. Of the entire student body population, 61 percent is female and 39 percent is male.

The school is divided into five main campuses which are all in proximity of each other and total around 115 acres with approximately 33 buildings. The campuses include the North Campus, Central Campus, South Campus, Cat Cove Maritime Facility, and Richard O’Keefe Athletic Center. The North campus is the largest and contains a majority of the universities arts & science programs, residence halls, the main dining complex, and many other facilities. Of all the campuses, the total capacity in the residence halls is around 2,000 students. Graduate students are also not housed on campus.

The Central Campus includes the School of Business, the music department, and the communications department. The South Campus houses the College of Health and Human Services, The School of Nursing, The School of Social Work, and the criminal justice department. The athletic center houses the university’s athletic department including the wellness center and many fields and courts. Salem State operates a maritime facility at Cat Cove on the Salem harbor. The facility is used to provide interactive, hands-on educational experience for students majoring in marine biology.

In addition to academics, the students can select from around 60 different clubs and organizations to engage themselves in. Student organizations are divided into the following categories based upon interests: academic affiliated groups, interest groups, performance groups, programming oriented groups, religiously affiliated groups, social and cultural groups, student governing groups, and student media groups. Salem has an award-winning residence life program and offers many opportunities for service and civic engagement.


The school is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees along with post-master’s certificates. There are 29 majors and 59 minors offered at SSU in the undergraduate program and there are over 40 master’s degree and certificate opportunities offered as well. The top five undergraduate programs offered is Business Administration, Nursing, Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Education. The top five graduate programs are Master of Education, Social Work, Master of Arts in Teaching, Nursing, and Counseling and Psychological Services. The faculty at Salem is dedicated to the success of their students. There are a total of 761; 337 are full-time and 424 are part-time. The class sizes are small as well with a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1.


Salem State offers three fully-online degree programs and non-credit programs, as well as a variety of certificate programs and online courses. The fully-online degree programs are: Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration, which is an undergraduate degree completion program; Master of Education in Library Studies and a Master of Education in Educational Technology. The non-credit programs include career training programs, project management, and a nurse refresher program.


Undergraduate day, in-state students pay $8,130 per year and out-of-state pays $14,270 per year. Undergraduate evening in-state students pay $810 per credit hour and out-of-state pays $915 per credit hour. Graduate in-state students $990 per three credit hours and out-of-state pays $1,260 per three credit hours. Additional fees are not included. Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. Qualification is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which all aid applicants are required to fill out. About 91 percent of freshman last year filed for financial aid and 78 percent received some form of grant aid. The average grant amount awarded is $6,528. Aid is available through grants, loans, scholarships and work-study opportunities.




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    Public, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Post-master's certificate
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